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Message Board > Sewing Techniques and Tips > hemming sheers ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Date: 5/28/12 3:30 PM

I am making a blouse using silk chiffon over crepe de china as an overlay. This is my first time sewing sheers. This blouse is cut on the bias. I would appreciate any suggestions as to how to hem it; as a single unit or separately?

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Date: 5/29/12 10:47 AM

I haven't had a lot of experience with this, but I would think hemming separately would be better. This would allow the 2 layers to shift according to their own drape and they won't tug or drag against each other or create puckers/bubbles.

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Date: 5/29/12 12:28 PM

Thank you, that sounds logical. I appreciate your help. Pat

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Date: 5/29/12 2:39 PM

I agree with doing two separate hems.
Google Wisconsin Public Television and find the Sewing with Nancy shows. She did 2 shows with Linda Lee - Runway Finishes for Cool Edges, or something like that. They showed how to do a baby hem on a sheer fabric and also doing a curved hem on Thai silk. Very smooth! Good luck

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Date: 5/29/12 3:04 PM

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I haven't had a lot of experience with this, but I would think hemming separately would be better.
Yup. You're right on with this. I've been doing this with prom dresses for the last four weeks and your thinking is right. Not only that, but if one bias grainline were a little off, it would cause problems with drape if you sewed them together.

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Date: 5/31/12 9:07 PM

Also, I would think stiffening the hem area would be helpful; making it easier to control and sew. I am referring to a wash out stiffener, even a heavy duty spray starch.

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